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No. 34A CHENNAI, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2004
Aavani 16, Tarana, Thiruvalluvar Aandu - 2035
Part VI --- Section 2 (Supplement)
NOTIFICATIONS BY HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS, ETC.
Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission
TAMIL NADU ELECTRICITY SUPPLY CODE
Notification No. TNERC / SC / 7 / 1 Dated 21.07.2004
WHEREAS under the Electricity Act, 2003 (Central Act 36 of 2003) the State Electricity Regulatory Commission shall specify an Electricity Supply Code to provide for recovery of electricity charges, intervals for billing of electricity charges, disconnection of supply of electricity for non-payment thereof, restoration of supply, tampering, distress or damage to electrical plant, electric lines or meter, entry of distribution Licensee or any person acting on his behalf for disconnecting supply and removing the meter, entry for replacing, altering or maintaining electric lines or electrical plant or meter;
AND WHEREAS the regulations providing for, among others, the Electricity Supply Code shall be subject to the condition of previous publication; and has accordingly undergone previous publication;
NOW, THEREFORE, under section 50 of the said Electricity Act, 2003, read with section 181 thereof and all other powers enabling in that behalf, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission hereby specifies the following Code.
Chapter 1: PRELIMINARY
1. Short title and commencement
(1) This Code may be called the Tamil Nadu Electricity Supply Code (TNESC). (2) It shall come into force on the date of publication of this Code in the Tamil Nadu
Government Gazette. 2.Definitions In this Code, unless the context otherwise requires: (a) "Act" means the Electricity Act 2003 (Act No. 36 of 2003)
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(b) "Code" means the Tamil Nadu Electricity Supply Code. (c) Commission means the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission. (d) Connected Load means the aggregate of the manufacturers rating of all equipments connected to the consumers installation and of all portable equipments and also the capacity of the power source required to test manufactured products and repaired equipment in the installation.
Explanation: Where the rating is in terms of KVA, it shall be converted to KW by multiplying it by a power factor of 0.9 and where the rating is in terms of HP, it shall be converted to KW by multiplying it by a factor of 0.746.
(e) Contracted Load means the load specified in the agreement between the consumer and the Licensee engaged in the business of supplying electricity to him.
(f) Contracted Demand means the demand specified in the agreement between the consumer and the Licensee engaged in the business of supplying electricity to him.
(g) Consumer means any person who is supplied with electricity for his own use by a Licensee, the Govt. or by any other person engaged in the business of supplying electricity to the public under the Act or any other law for the time being in force and includes any person whose premises are for the time being connected for the purpose of receiving electricity with the works of a Licensee, the Govt. or such other person, as the case may be;
(h) Consumer Meter Card means a card provided at the low tension consumers premises for the purpose of recording the measurements relating to consumption of electricity and the charges for electricity consumed and other related charges. It shall also serve the purpose of a notice to the consumer of the due dates for payment and notice period for disconnection.
(i) Engineer means an engineer, by whatever name designated, employed by the Licensee possessing such qualifications as are approved by the Commission and is in charge of the local area of supply and includes any other person duly authorized by him or his superiors, to exercise any power of an engineer under this Code
(j) Extra High Tension (EHT) consumer means a consumer who obtains supply from the Licensee at Extra High Voltage.
(k) High Tension (HT) consumer means a consumer who obtains supply from the Licensee at High Voltage.
(l) Low Tension (LT) consumer means a consumer who obtains supply from the Licensee at Low or Medium Voltage:
(m) Load means connected load or contracted load, as the case may be. (n) Load Factor means the ratio of the Average Demand for the month in terms of Kilowatts to
the Maximum Demand for the month in terms of Kilowatts and the Load Factor shall be calculated to three decimal places and rounded off to two decimal places.
(o) Month unless the context otherwise requires, shall mean a month reckoned according to the British Calendar. With reference to billing and payment, it shall mean the period between the date of meter reading in a particular month and the corresponding date of meter reading of the immediately succeeding or preceding month as the context requires.
(p) Occupier means the person in occupation (whether as owner or otherwise) of the premises where electricity is used or intended to be used;
(q) Power Factor means the ratio of the real power to the apparent power and average power factor means the ratio of the Kilowatt-hours to the Kilovolt-ampere-hours consumed during the billing month.
(r) State Transmission Utility means the Board or the Government Company specified as such by the State Government
(s) Supply, in relation to electricity, means the sale of electricity to a Licensee or consumer. Words and expressions used in this Code but not defined either in this Code or the Act or the General Clauses Act 1897 (Central Act 10 of 1897) shall have the same meanings as understood in the Engineering and Commercial circles
Chapter 2: ELECTRICITY CHARGES- BILLING AND RECOVERY
3. Categories of supply Supply of electricity available to the consumer is of the following categories:- a. Single-phase 2 wire 240 volts between phase and neutral for supply to a total connected load
not exceeding 4000 watts (including power loads). b. Three-phase 4 wire 415 volts between phases and 240 volts between phase and neutral for
supply to a total connected load exceeding 4000 watts but not exceeding a demand of 112 KW.
c. The consumer may elect to avail supply under any one of the above categories where the connected load does not exceed 4000 watts.
d. Three-phase 3 wire, 11,000 volts and above between phases for power installation exceeding a demand of 112 KW, the minimum demand however being 63 KVA.
e. The consumer shall avail supply at 33 kV and above when the demand is 5 MVA and above. 4. Charges recoverable by the Licensee- The charges, recoverable by the Licensee from the
consumers are: - (1) Tariff related charges, namely, - (i) The price of electricity supplied by him to the consumer which shall be in accordance
with the tariff rates as the Commission may fix from time to time, for HT supply, LT supply , temporary supply and for different categories of consumers. In case the temporary supply is for construction of residential houses, housing complexes, the tariff shall be Commercial Tariff till the completion of construction and to be changed to appropriate tariff on completion. Where it is intended to use Floor Polishing equipments, welding equipments for repairs/ maintenance and such other portable equipments temporarily in a premises having permanent supply, such use shall not be treated as temporary supply for purpose of levying charges.. It shall be construed as regular consumption under the permanent supply tariff.
(ii) Demand charges for HT supply and fixed charges for LT supply shall be payable by the consumer in accordance with the rates as the Commission may fix from time to time for different categories of consumers.
(iii) Disincentive for power factor
Every consumer shall maintain a power factor- In case of LT supply, of 0.85 lag and In case HT supply, of 0.90 lag failing which he shall be liable to pay compensation by way of disincentive at such rates as the Commission may declare from time to time. Likewise, the consumer who maintains the power factor above a specified level may be rewarded by way of incentive at such rates as the Commission may declare from time to time which shall be adjusted in the bill.
(iv) Additional charges for harmonics dumping Where any equipment installed by a consumer generates harmonics, the consumer shall provide adequate harmonic suppression units to avoid dumping of harmonics into Licensees distribution system and the Licensee is at liberty to provide suitable metering equipment to measure the harmonic level pursuant to such harmonic. Where the consumer fails to provide such units, he shall be liable to pay compensation at such rates as the Commission may declare from time to time.
(v) The tax or duty, if any, on electricity supplied or consumed as may be levied by the State Government which shall be credited to the Government account as per the directions received from Government from time to time.
(vi) At the time of extension of period of temporary supply, it shall be ensured that the advance current consumption (CC) charges are adequate. The CC charges shall be adjusted against the advance CC charges
(2) Miscellaneous charges, namely, - (i) Capacitor Compensation charge; (ii) Excess demand charge; (iii) Excess contracted load charge (iv) Belated payment surcharge (v) Additional security Deposit, when so called upon; (vi) Service / Line shifting charge (vii) Name transfer charg